Primary Source: Documenting, Archiving & Preserving Local HIP HOP Histories

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On Friday November 30, be a part of of an early night discussion that examines the past, present and future of local Hip-Hop.

CODE Executive Nominations

If you are interested in serving on the CODE Executive board, please download the attached nomination form and submit to Wendie Gibbons at the CODE Conference.

Patrice Baldwin, President of the International Drama and Education Association providing workshops in Toronto

PATRICE BALDWIN is President of the International Drama Theatre and Education Association (IDEA) and Chair of National Drama (UK), as well as a member of the Executive Council of the World Alliance for Arts Education. She was for many years, a headteacher and a local authority Adviser for Arts Development and Improvement and has been a school inspector. She also worked as a scriptwriter and series consultant for the BBC Education. Since becoming President of IDEA in July 2010, Patrice has worked increasingly internationally, as a speaker and workshop leader for Drama and also works freelance as a school improvement professional and arts and curriculum consultant in the UK. She is currently an Artsmark assessor for Arts Council England and a part time lecturer at the University of Warwick. Patrice is a well-established and prolific author in the field of drama, creativity and the curriculum and has a particular interest in the links between arts, learning and neuroscience as well as between drama and literacy.She will be offering the following two workshops: Bringing Poetry Alive Through Drama (secondary)October 22nd, 2012  5-7pmOISE U of TThis drama is based around an ambiguous poem, ‘The Listeners’ by Walter de la Mare. Using a range of drama strategies, participants will imagine and explore together what is both evident and inferred in the poem itself. Actively and collaboratively participants will explore and develop character/s, setting/s and plot/s in ways that will deepen that their understanding of the poem itself and also give opportunity for its narrative extension and elaboration. The drama approaches used will be transferable, for use with other poems and text types.Register now! Bringing Picture Books Alive Through Drama (elementary)October 23rd, 2012  5-7pmOISE U of TThis drama session explores the picture book, ‘The Princess’ Blankets’ by Carol Ann Duffy. Through Storydrama participants will enter an imaginary world partly of their own making. They will use a range of drama strategies (using sound, words, movement, image) to collaboratively explore the universal themes of love, marriage, trust, fear, parenting and environmental sustainability. Although the book creates the frame for the drama, the participants will make it their own and the outcome of the drama is in the hands of the participants. The drama approaches used will be transferable, for use with other picture books and texts.Register now! Download the PDF Flyer

Art Harvest

Tags: Dance, Drama
 HARVESTIn Memory of Jason Edmonds Paul Davenport Theatre Western University Saturday, September 29,2012  at 7:30 p.m.  Purchase Tickets through the Grand Theatre phone: 672-8800  featuring a special guest  appearance by jazz vocalist,  Denise Pelley. 

A Special Offer for CODE Members - Free Stagecraft Posters!Members only

STAGECRAFT posters instruct-at-a-glance, presenting basic theatre principles and ideas to help the student learn and the professional teach. These posters are ideal for classroom, green room and backstage; they can help the new student or volunteer to understand basic concepts and help the old hand to better explain them.  The four stagecraft posters are: Back stage, Stage lighting, Stage Set Design and Construction, and Stage Management.  Each poster measures approx. 18” x 24” (46cm x 61cm).

In Memory of CODE's founding member - Helen Dunlop

Helen Dunlop, Founder of CODE and a founding member of the Board of the Ken and Ann Watts Memorial Scholarship Foundation passed away on August 4th.  Helen began her working life teaching English in Woodstock and Toronto, and then moved on to the Ministry of Education, where in the 1960’s she was instrumental in the introduction of Drama programs for Ontario Secondary Schools.  She then became Assistant Superintendent in the Curriculum Division of the Department of Education, she nurtured the acceptance of drama as both a subject and as a methodology.  Helen has been an honourary member of CODE since its founding in 1971 and we are especially grateful for all she has done.  A memorial to celebrate Helen’s life was held in Toronto; our president, Brooke Charlebois attended on behalf of CODE.  With her passing, the combined education, theatre, ballet and opera worlds have lost a widely respected colleague, friend and long-term supporter. For Helen’s obituary, please visit:

2012 Small School Summit – Living Well – The Engaged Student

Register now for the 2012 Small School Summit – ‘Living Well – The Engaged Student.’ The Summit will showcase programs to meet the physical, emotional, spiritual and intellectual needs of students. Featured Speakers: Former Barenaked Ladies singer Steven Page; Three-Time Olympic Gold Medalist Jennifer Botterill; Resiliency Initiatives President Dr. Wayne Hammond, and Comedian Patrick McKenna. The conference will be held October 25-26 at the Nav Canada Training and Conference Centre, Cornwall. To register, please visit and click on the Small School Summit icon.

IATA/AITA Seeks Keynote Speaker and Workshop Leaders

In March, 2013, the AITA/ITATA (International Amateur Theatre Association) conference in Austria will focus on student use of social media; the world(s) in which young people live and work in relation to their use of social media. Bullying is but one aspect of this topic. This organization is seeking a keynote speaker, and workshop leaders. The organizers' policy is to find the best speakers and leaders, whether European, Asian, or North American. The speaker will most likely a post-secondary educator, and not necessarily a drama teacher; a sociologist, a psychologist or philosopher could be appropriate. The workshop leaders will be drama practicioners who work in classrooms. Think outside the box!UPDATE:This call for speakers and workshop leaders has now been closed.

New Financial Literacy Video Resources and Facilitator Guides

The Ministry of Education, in partnership with CODE, has developed a demonstration video and facilitator's guide for teachers based on the Grade 4 Drama and Social Studies lesson "Financial Literacy and Inequities in Distribution of Wealth." Visit the Edugains site to access this resource and view additional Financial Literacy videos and guides.

Connecting the Dots - Presented by Dance Ontario - June 26-28, 2012

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Connecting the Dots - Presented by Dance Ontario - June 26-28, 2012 - 55 Mill St. at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in the Historic Toronto Distillery District    Shake hands with over 100 members of the dance community across Ontario!This pertains to the following:    Dance Teachers and Studio Owners    Artists and Companies    Presenters and Community Facility Managers    Dance Service Organizations    Dance Specialists in Public Education